Meet the Team
Committed to the Cause
Chair of the Board
Founder and CEO
Evelyn has spent numerous years acquiring experience by surrounding herself with passionate and purposeful people. Evelyn graduated from Evergreen State College-Tacoma, WA, with a BA in Cultural Studies and Leadership Studies. Her experience as an adult student keeps her reflecting on the Evergreen Tacoma campus motto; “Enter to learn, depart to serve.” Overall, this learning experience shaped her path to participate in community betterment and reciprocity.
For all of her working years she has had exposure to various business cultures and worked in many human services environments. Those experiences working with widely divergent professionals ensured her comfort level in creating opportunity for others. Prior to founding Sabala International Center she has been successful in executive management roles for nonprofits that supports the arts and human services. She worked as an operations manager, office manager, real estate agent, property manager and a social services case manager. She is results-driven, dedicated and a technically skilled business professional with versatile administrative “know how” developed through hands on experience.
Tonya joined us in 2017. She was in need of temporary housing after emerging from a very tough time in her life. She wanted a safe place to rest, make a plan for her future and to execute that plan without the heavy burden of managing an entire home right from the start. She rented a room. In no time at all she was managing our transitional home. Due to her management background, her degrees in business management and criminal justice, and ten years experience in the real estate field, she was a natural. She has not looked back since.
Tonya now manages all three of our properties providing service, hope, instruction, and her professional flare to each different environment.
She is a positive, energetic force on the Sabala team!